Last Saturday, we flew up to San Francisco and watched Taken by Cars’ first state-side performance. Man, they sounded good. I could hear the hours they put into rehearsing their set. I even spotted folks, who have never heard them before, dancing to “December 2 Chapter VII”. Check out video from the show.
After the show we chatted with Sarah Marco lead singer of Taken by Cars for a quick interview.
Awesome show Sarah. How does it feel to be touring state-side?
Being here…really makes us feel super happy and grateful.
We’ve brought a lot of heart into this tour.
We’re grateful that we did it by our own efforts and it really took a lot out of us, each of us…particularly to be able to sacrifice our time…rehearsing, practicing for San Francisco, South by Southwest and LA…
And it’s a privilege to travel, to be with each other, to appreciate each other’s friendship, to be in another country basically.
We treat this tour like a serious vacation.
NOTE TO READER: Currently Taken by Cars is not signed to any major label. They put out their records independently and they paid their own way to make the tour happen. Peep their fund raising efforts here. Props to them.
How does it feel to be the first Filipino band to play SXSW?
We’re really, really proud.
It’s a happy blessing. I believe there are no accidents. Everything happens for a purpose.
We emailed our album (to SXSW) not expecting a response. So it’s really a huge thing for us (to play the festival).
We’ll do our best to represent ourselves.
Anything to say to your fans in LA?
Taken by Cars will be playing at Mr.T’s Bowl in Highland Park. (Friday 3/16 9:30 PM)
Come see our show. We worked hard to put on a good show for you guys.
When I was a kid I thought the coolest Filipino dude I knew from 70s was Uncle Ramon. He worked on a battleship, drove a baby blue BMW 320i, had a stack of Playboys and numerous girlfriends or “Aunties” as I was told to call them.
But on 06/23/11 at the Bayanihan Community Center in downtown San Francisco I had the pleasure to meet legendary Latin-soul artist Joe Bataan. Sorry Uncle Ramon, I going to have to share your title with Joe Bataan.
At this informal talk-story/meet-and-greet Joe Bataan shared some inspirational tales on making music, finding spirituality and understanding culture. Check out the video clips below.
Joe Bataan Talking Story Part 1 “I’m culturally deprived but that’s not gonna stop at my age me to know about my culture”
“I recorded Afro-Filipino in 1976 why has it took so long for Filipinos to note that I exist?”
Joe Bataan Talking Story Part 2 “This big explosion…doing Latin music in English in’65 which became the Boogaloo”
Joe Bataan Talking Story Part 3 “At that time when I took off (from playing music)…I was raising a family…We got into Martial Arts”
“Did I tell you about the rap song?” (Rap-O-Clap-O)
Joe Bataan Talking Story Part 4 “…We’re sitting on our rights…”
I wonder if Uncle Ramon had Joe Bataan’s records back in the 70s.
I must confess I slept all day Sunday. Totally, exhausted from the RAKENROL screenings in LA and SF. With those screenings came after-parties, live performances, mini-reunions, late-night hangs and all around gud tymes!
RAKENROL screening at LAAPFF
Take a listen to the DJ Un-G & DJ Joelquiz mixes from the RAKENROL LA Screening Afterparty
Please – Sing A Simple Song
Mike Hanopol – Laki Sa Layaw
Pepe Smith – Sa’ Yo
Urban Bandits – Hoy
Sampaguita – Easy Pare
Haji – Stevie Wonder Medley
Anthony Castelo – Kailangan Ba
Celeste Legaspi – Pag-Ibig Na Lubus-Lubos
Tribe – Siggy Siggy
Barabas – Wild Safari
Black Opinion – Bahay Yugyugan
Soul Jugglers – Hanggang Magdamag
Ella Del Rosario – Shake It Baby
Skyflakes – Meathead
Diego, Christine & Quark at the Far Bar. Photo: Alvin Santa Cruz
DJ Un-G set
Call My Name – Joe Bataan
Dancing Machine – Jackson 5
Fashion – David Bowie
Another One Bites The Dust
Golden Age – TV On The Radio
Da Funk – Daft Punk
I Can’t Go For That (Album Version)
Let’s Take A Walk
Betamax – Sandwich
Talamak – Toro Y Moi
This Mighty Heart Attack – Us-2 Evil-0
Under Pressure – Queen
December 2 Chapter VII – Taken By Cars
Sold out theater! Photo: RJ Lozada
Q&A with Quark and Diego Photo: Jesse Gonzales
Quark about to address the SF after party Photo: Jesus Gonzales
The Skyflakes bring the rak! Photo: Jesse Gonazles
The classic yearbook picture. Photo: Jesse Gonzales
Yes, this is at Lucky Chances. Photo: Gary Gabisan
Off to SFO bright and early. Photo: Gary Gabisan
Ah, that was a good time. Hopefully, folks are feeling inspired by RAKENROL, I know I certainly am. Please help spread the word, tell your friends about the film.
Friday, May 13, 7PM sharp (doors open 6:30pm)
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
GET READY TO RAK!
One Night Only! An exclusive Bay Area screening of critically acclaimed director Quark Henares’ latest film.
RAKENROL is an indie rock love story and comedic coming-of-age tale about the binding power of music. This Philippine feature-length film follows the adventures of Odie and his best friend Irene as they form a band and bring together a motley crew of characters—teenage deadbeat, ex-punk guitarist, and former child star. Proceeds from this event benefit two San Francisco-based arts organizations— BINDLESTIFF STUDIO and KULARTS.
RAKENROL chronicles the band’s journey as they try to make a place in the city’s indie scene and face off with samurai swindlers, narcissistic rock stars, pretentious artists, and bizarre music video auteurs, all in the name of rock and roll.
IN ATTENDANCE: DIRECTOR QUARK HENARES & CO-WRITER DIEGO CASTILLO
Directed by Quark Henares and co-written by Diego Castillo (guitarist for one of the Philippines’ biggest rock outfits, Sandwich), RAKENROL is a heartfelt ode to the formative years both artists spent in Manila’s underground music scene. Shot on location in the most well known venues of today’s Pinoy indie rock scene, RAKENROL features songs and guest appearances by members of Ciudad, The Eraserheads, P.I.C., Sandwich, Taken by Cars, and many more.
Q&A with Quark & Diego will take place immediately after the screening.
Then head over with us to Mercury Lounge SF for a RAKENROL after-party with performances by The Skyflakes, an all-Pinoy indie-rock set by DJ Un-G (Gary Gabisan), and Diego Castillo (guitarist for Sandwich + Rakenrol co-writer) After party info here
Advance tickets ($20) include admission to both screening and after-party. Due to the limited number of seats, advance purchases are HIGHLY suggested.
Award-winning filmmaker and music video director Quark Henares is deemed by many to be one of contemporary Philippine independent cinema’s rising stars. In 2003, his second feature film Keka—a dark comedy starring Katya Santos, Wendell Ramos, and Vhong Navarro—screened at both the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) and New York Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) and earned him praise from critics, including Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino.
An important figure in Manila’s indie music scene, Henares formerly produced bands and co-owned Mag:net High Street (at the Fort); today, he produces live music events, teaches indie filmmaking courses, and performs regularly with his band Us-2, Evil-0.
ABOUT BINDLESTIFF STUDIO
Originally opened in 1989, Bindlestiff Studio became the only permanent, community-based performing arts venue in the nation dedicated to showcasing Filipino American and Filipino artists. Bindlestiff continues to both cultivate cutting-edge artists and work that reflects the variety of Filipino/Filipino American cultures while providing the often-underserved Filipino American community access to diverse offerings (theatrical productions, music festivals, and theatre workshops).
Founded in 1985, Kularts (Kulintang Arts, Inc.) is the premiere presenter of contemporary and tribal Filipino arts in the U.S. With its mission—to inform and expand the understanding of U.S.-based Pilipino culture and preserve the spirit of indigenous Pilipino art forms—Kularts produces innovative artistic works, fosters mentorship between emerging and established artists, facilitates local and international collaborations, and implements educational outreach (K-12 and college-age students).
Doors open at 6:30pm. Screening starts 7pm sharp. Any tickets not picked up by event start time (7pm) will be released and sold as $30 Rush tickets. Due to the theater’s layout, doors must close 10 minutes after the event starts and remain closed until the end. Sorry, no refunds.